Lesbian


Lesbian is the word used to describe a girl or woman who is 
romantically and sexually attracted to other girls or women. 

 
How do you know?
Some people know from a really young age that they are gay, but some
people are not sure until they get older and start thinking about
relationships. Some girls also realise that they prefer girls although they
have previously had relationships with boys. Being attracted to 
someone of the same sex is completely normal.

Stereotypes
There are lots of stereotypes out there about being a lesbian but it is
important to realise that you do not have to change dramatically because
of your sexual preference. After all you are still you, whoever you are
attracted to. The problem with stereotypes is that they can make you feel
that just by being gay you have to look, dress or act in a certain
way because other people expect you to. 

Lesbians are often stereotyped as being like tomboys, or quite
masculine (manly) and not like straight women. The truth is that
all women are different, and no two women are interested in exactly the
same things, whether they are bi, gay or straight! The most important
thing is not being afraid to be yourself.

Prejudice
Unfortunately people who are gay do sometimes experience prejudice
from others because these people think it is not normal to be gay. This is
called homophobia, and it is important to know that people who think 
this are wrong. More importantly our society has systems in place to stop
this sort of discrimination. Being gay is completely normal and you have
the right to be who you are and have relationships without feeling
that you have to keep it a secret. 

Meeting other people
Some people find joining a gay club or society really helpful, especially
when they do not know many other gay people, as it can give them the
opportunity to meet like-minded people. Growing up as a gay woman is
not always easy and it can be very helpful to meet other people who
understand any worries or difficulties you may be having. Of course that
does not mean that you can only have gay or bi friends, or that your
straight friends won’t understand you.
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